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Female empowerment in sports requires the actions of male sports leaders

Female empowerment in sports requires the actions of male sports leaders

By Andreas Themistocleous, Contributor I recently attended a global summit on women’s football and was pleasantly surprised by the large participation of male professionals attending and participating on the subject. As I mentioned in one of my interventions, we have reached the point where it’s no longer necessary to argue the need for female empowerment, or the need for equal representation and managerial gender diversity; certainly, we are far past the point of raising issues on human rights and the…

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A Decade in Comparison – Men and Women football: Apples or Pears

A Decade in Comparison – Men and Women football: Apples or Pears

By Mary Kok-Willemsen 2019 closed with a record beating fancrowd, media attention and commercial value at the Women World Cup in France.  No doubt lots of boys, girls, men and women, got somehow inspired by watching their favourite teams and players perform during the World Cup. But still it was not at the same level… as in men’s football.  In 2006, I started as a Manager at FC Twente in Holland by announcing the launching of the professional women football…

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The effects of female empowerment on girl athletes

The effects of female empowerment on girl athletes

By Niovie Constantinou, Contributor In the era of the female empowerment movement, gender inequality is still an issue in the world of sport, with female athletes experiencing gaps in sponsorships and prize money, gender-based violence and negative stereotypes. Thankfully, this is a time when women’s activism is on the rise, and now is the opportunity to tackle the inequalities present in the sports industry and use sports to empower women. This is exactly the message that FIFA wanted to bring…

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The Gender Pay Gap in Sports

The Gender Pay Gap in Sports

By Constantinos Massonos, Contributor For years, women as athletes, technical staff, game officials, team or league executives have been forging inroads through the sports industry, in their efforts to bridge a deep-rooted gender gap.  Today, mainly because of these efforts, the sports world offers many more opportunities to women than, let’s say, 30 years ago.  In spite of that, women athletes cannot still enjoy the money, support and media attention that men athletes do. Maybe the most important and publicized…

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Ways of empowering Women in Sports

Ways of empowering Women in Sports

By Anna Kyprianou, APC Sports Consulting Ltd “Attendances are growing for the women’s league, and we’re well placed to become a mainstream sport in the future. I did not think when I started, that within my career it would be possible to be a full-time pro in England. And that’s already happened.” – Eniola Aluko There are many debates when it comes to women in sports. The beginning of all debates dates back to 1967 when Kathrine Switzer decided to…

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December 2019 Editorial: Female Empowerment in Sports

December 2019 Editorial: Female Empowerment in Sports

December 1, 2019 Empowerment is the process of increasing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes. Empowerment is a process. Through the process, an individual becomes an agent of change. More simply put, it’s the “can do” factor, going from “I can’t” to “I can.” Empowering females is powerful. Today, we know it is the key to economic growth, political stability, and social transformation. In the context of…

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